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The Power of Gratitude in Your Life

When we were younger, we were taught to say “thank you” for everything. Our parents instilled in us the idea that whenever someone does something for you, gives you something, etc… that you must always say “thank you” in return.

And while this might have been a bit of a difficult concept for us to grasp when we were small, we eventually adopted that phrase into our vocabulary (thus making our parents proud in return).

But one thing that we lose sight of during that time of making “thank you” a reactionary term is how truly powerful those two words can be on our mood, relationships, and overall health. There is so much unseen power behind being truly grateful for who and what you have in your life that when you  become blind to it, you  lose sight of what can really happen when you  open yourself  up to showing gratitude more frequently and authentically.

Because while saying “thank you” is polite and generous, sometimes it becomes about  a mere routine or habit and less about truly feeling grateful for whatever it is we are receiving.

Very few people know the true magnitude being grateful can have on their lives, but if they did, it could be an absolute game-changer!  

Bring That Self-Esteem Up

It’s not widely known that practicing gratitude in your daily life can raise your own self-esteem (but it should be). It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day happenings that cause us to compare ourselves to others, look down on ourselves when something doesn’t go as planned, or blame ourselves when life throws some major curve balls.

But when you can actively show gratitude towards others, you start to lose the negative talk within yourself and bring forth the positive light you’ve been searching for all along. This, in turn, causes you to think more positively about yourself on a more regular basis.

Soak Up More Restful Sleep

How many times have you found yourself thinking of all of the negative things that happened during your day or what could happen tomorrow? So many of us reading this right now are raising our hands and shaking our heads up and down because we’ve been there.

But when you actively practice gratitude every single day, you will find that falling asleep and staying asleep can be easier. What you’re doing is training your mind to only think of the positive aspects of your day by having gratitude towards your blessings, which in turn causes your entire mindset to shift in a positive manner.

Overall Psychological Health is Improved

Our  minds are powerful, mysterious, and complicated muscles that we have in our bodies, and it can sometimes be hard to control when we find ourselves in a slump of negative feelings. The hole gets bigger and bigger and deeper and deeper, but in reality, there is a way to close those holes and find even ground.

Showing that you’re truly appreciative of your blessings will allow you to bring forth the mindset that encourages you to be positive, resourceful, and pleasant. Your overall psychological health is positively affected when you start practicing expressing and feeling gratitude more frequently throughout the day.

So the next time you find yourself being negative and less-than-ideal friendship material, ask yourself if you are truly practicing gratitude in your everyday life (which transcends further than saying “thank you” for your milkshake at the drive through window). Take in what you know to be true about your situations and only leave the positives to flood your head space. You deserve to have a free and clear head space, so practice gratitude at least once a day to help you hone in on what it is that will make you happier and healthier in the long run.